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Occupational Therapy Assistant

A Career with Results and Rewards
A career that helps people live life to the fullest! Occupational therapy focuses on a person's ability to participate in all chosen occupations -- all the things that an individual wants and needs to do every day.  An OTA, working under supervision of an occupational therapist, assists with evaluation and intervention for individuals whose ability to handle daily living tasks is impaired by injury, disease, aging, developmental deficits, or psychosocial dysfunction. If assisting people in regaining control of their lives and bodies one step at a time is something that sounds fulfilling to you, ACM's OTA program may be right for you.
OTA Administrative Associate
Location: ALLIED HEALTH (AH) 234
What will you learn?
  •  The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program prepares graduates to work with individuals and groups who are limited by physical injury or illness, mental health challenges, developmental or learning disabilities, or the aging process. The student learns to utilize purposeful activities, exercises, adaptive devices, daily living tasks, and leisure activities to assist clients to achieve their highest level of independence. 
  • The OTA participates in assisting the Occupational Therapist (OT) in assessing client needs, determining therapeutic goals, and treatment planning activities. Under the direction of the OT, the OTA is responsible for carrying out treatment sessions, communicating with clients and health care providers, documenting client progress, and maintaining clinical environments.
What will you do?
  • Assist individuals in achieving independence through meaningful engagement and participation in their chosen occupation which can include, but not limited to:
    • Self care
    • School
    • Work
    • Play-Leasure skills
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant program graduates enjoy enriching and rewarding careers in a variety of places:
    • Hospitals
    • Home health care
    • Hospices
    • Long-term Care facilities
    • Mental Health facilities
    • Outpatient facilities
    • Rehabilitation facilities
    • Day Care Centers
    • Public and Private Schools
    • Private Homes
  • Job Outlook: Occupational therapy is one of the top healthcare fields in the United States. The OTA is in high demand and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) anticipates that employment for the profession will grow by 29% between 2016 and 2026. Additionally, the U.S. News & World Report ranked OTA as the #1 healthcare support role between 2016 and 2017.

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Admissions Criteria

Program Details

Phase II of the program includes occupational therapy assistant courses, as well as fieldwork opportunities in a variety of settings. As you work towards earning your Associate of Applied Science degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant, you'll also be required to join the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) to gain access to their website for valuable learning resources, as well as discounts on textbooks and educational workshops.

As an Occupational Therapy Assistant program student, you'll expand your knowledge and gain career training through a variety of challenging courses, including:

    Introduction to Occupational Therapy
    Diversity and Health Determinants
    Intervention Techniques I
    Neuroscience Concepts
    Dynamics of Human Motion
    Intervention with Physical Rehabilitation
    Mental Health Concepts and Techniques
    Clinical Applications to Neuroscience
    Group Dynamics 
    Intervention Techniques II
    Intervention with Children and Adolescents
    Occupational Therapy Specialty Skills Development
    Intervention with the Older Adult
    Documentation for Occupational Therapy
    Occupational Therapy Program Development
    Clinical Internship I & II

A full listing of program courses and their descriptions can be found in the credit catalog

The OTA Program is comprised of both classroom education and clinical experience.  Upon completion of the program students will have accumulated over 500 hours of clinical training. The program is affiliated with over 50 facilities such as Western Maryland Health System, Washington County Hospital Association, WVU Hospitals, UPMC Hospitals.  OTA also has several corporate contracts.

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) pass rates for Allegany College graduates are available on their website at

Allegany College graduates NBCOT Pass Rates:

2019 94%
2020 100%
2021 89%


OT educator's all-inclusive resource on everything NBCOT, including the program director portal, educator resources, and exam prep.


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Transfer Information 

Students should recognize that this program is primarily designed to prepare students to work as Occupational Therapy Assistants after graduation and certification. 

Students transferring to some four-year colleges and universities may not receive credit for OTA courses taken at Allegany College of Maryland. 

Occupational Therapy Assistants have the opportunity to continue their education by receiving a Master's degree in OT. There are many Occupational Therapy programs designed to prepare Occupational Therapy Assistants to become Registered Occupational Therapists. A list of such programs is available through the American Occupational Therapy Association by calling 1(800) 729-2682 or Admission requirements for these programs vary from one program to another and making contact with a specific program is the best way to ensure admission. 


The ACM Occupational Therapy Assistant program is designated as a Health Manpower Shortage Program by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC). Maryland residents from counties other than Allegany County who register in this eligible program will be charged the out-of-county tuition rate. However, these students may be eligible to receive reimbursement for a portion of the cost difference between the in-county and out-of-county tuition rates. Funding availability for this program is based on funding from the state of Maryland and is thus subject to change each semester. Some restrictions apply. Please contact the Admissions Office  for more information. 

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Accredited (August 2014) by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), 6116 Executive Boulevard, Ste 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929, (301) 652-2682 or  Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), One Bank Street, Suite 300, Gaithersburg, MD 20878, (301) 990-7979 or  After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant (COTA) and can obtain licensure in whatever state he/she chooses to be employed.

ACOTE® accredited occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant educational programs satisfy the states’ educational requirements in all states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Students graduating from an ACOTE® accredited occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant educational program are eligible to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification exam and apply for licensure in all states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. For more information regarding state qualifications and licensure requirements, please refer to the AOTA State Licensure webpage.


Program Goals & Learning Outcomes
Program Goals
  • Upon graduation, OTA graduates will pass the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) Examination.
  • Upon graduation, OTA graduates will master entry-level basic and applied skills and knowledge as described in the educational outcomes for the program.
  • Upon graduation, OTA graduates will demonstrate professionalism in all behaviors carried out in their role and an OTA.
  • Upon graduation, OTA graduates will be prepared for ethical, legal, and safe practice within a variety of settings in the field of occupational therapy.
  • Upon graduation, OTA graduates will demonstrate effective written, oral, and non-verbal communication skills needed to interact with patients, families, caregivers, and other members of the health care team.
  • Upon graduation, OTA graduates will educate patients, families, caregivers, and other members of the health care team in order to optimize the patient’s overall outcome, including areas of current health promotion, maintenance, wellness, and prevention.
Learning Outcomes
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the structure and function of the human body.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of common diseases and disorders treated by OT.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to document OT services to ensure accountability and to meet standards for reimbursement.
  • Students will be able to identify components of professional behavior in the clinic and work setting.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to develop and implement treatments based on purposeful occupation to address the needs of persons or groups whose lives are interrupted by disabling conditions.

Meet the Faculty

Our experienced, knowledgeable faculty and staff are excited to share their expertise with you and prepare you to succeed in the diverse, dynamic field of Occupational Therapy.

Jamie Andres 
Administrative Associate

Allied Health 234

A.A., Allegany College of Maryland

C. Alex Grimm, BS, COTA/L 
OTA Faculty

Allied Health 234

A.A.S., Allegany College of Maryland
B.S., University of Cincinnati

Stephanie “Nikki” Haynes, COTA/L 
Adjunct Faculty

Allied Health 234

A.A.S., Allegany College of Maryland
B.F.A., Frostburg State University

Jeff Hopkins, MS, OTR/L 
Program Director

Allied Health 234D

B.S., University of Maryland, College Park
MS, University of Puget Sound

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